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Zabriskie Point


Mark Frechette, Daria Halprin, Rod Taylor, Kathleen Cleaver,

Michelangelo Antonioni’s California epic trades the empty boulevards of suburban Rome for the desert vistas of Death Valley, the petrochemical purgatory of Ravenna for the billboard-bedecked avenues of Los Angeles. The director’s characters, however, remain much the same: disillusioned yet full of longing, their clumsy couplings offering only fleeting respite from consuming angst. In the midst of student strikes and Black Panther protests—the opening sequence features Kathleen Cleaver addressing a group of students—Mark (Mark Frechette) and Daria (Daria Halprin) opt for “reality trips” of their own making, drifting further and further from what they so desperately seek.

Kate MacKay
  • Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Fred Gardner
  • Sam Shepard
  • Tonino Guerra
  • Clare Peploe
  • Alfio Contini
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 107 mins
  • Warner Bros.

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Michelangelo Antonioni: interiores burgueses con figura (program), Institut Valencià de l'Audiovisual i de Cinematografia Ricardo Muñoz Suay, Domènec Font, 2010

Michelangelo Antonioni: modernist master (press release), San Francisco Film Society, 1999

Modernist master: Michelangelo Antonioni (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, James Quandt, 1993

'Dear Antonioni...' : the complete works of Michelangelo Antonioni (program note), Film Society of Lincoln Center, Kathleen Murphy, 1992

Zabriskie Point (program note), Film Society of Lincoln Center, 1992

[Zabriskie Point] (review), Village Voice, Tom Allen, 1986

Revivals in focus: Zabriskie Point (review), Village Voice, Tom Allen, 1983

Intimations of reality: getting the Zabriskie Point (article), Sight and Sound, Julian Jebb, 1970

Zabriskie Point (review), Variety, Gene Arneel, 1970

Zabriskie lives! (article), Show, Louise B. Sweeney, 1970

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